If you're like me, you had plenty of races scheduled for March. Running in Florida in March in the best!
The bad news is most races are converting to virtual runs. The good news is it's Florida and WE CAN STILL RUN!
I'm thankful to Veteran's Alternative Copperhead 5K and The Florida Run @Colt Creek for giving us the option to run virtually. It makes the most sense. We've trained and want to run. They've already spent money on medals and swag. Let's Do This!
Now, the hard part is staying motivated, and running the races. There's no doubt lining up with hundreds of runners at a starting line improves motivation. The challenge now is to stay focused, run virtually, and plan races for later in the season.
I'm thinking about opting in to a few new races that switched from IRL to virtual — races far from home that I couldn't run in person. If you're inclined, I'd encourage you to do the same. It's a nice way to show support for race directors.
Simple reminder — be patient. While some races are offering virtual options, remember they're also in the middle of converting all the registered runners. Expect everything to take longer.
In the meantime, practice #SocialDistancing and good hygiene. If we're diligent with both, we can avoid the worse outcome. But, everyone has to work at it.
Here's a quick and concise explanation of why social distancing is a vital defense against the COVID-19 virus. This is way bigger than any one of us.
Good luck, everyone! I hope to see you at the race starting lines in May!
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Important Message from Best Damn Race Director
PLEASE READ this message from the Best Damn Race Race Director if you registered to run the BDR NOLA on March 22, 2020. It was sent to registered participants via email yesterday. I'm posting it here in case anyone missed it.
Options for Registered NOLA Runners
Here are the options available to registered runners:
Deferrals and transfers are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Best Damn Race will honor deferrals and transfers in the order in which your request is received.
You'll be notified if your selection option becomes full, and Best Damn Race will send an email with your remaining options.
What Happens to the Registration Fees?
How Long Will It Take To Complete Requests?
Host Hotel and Travel Information
Additional Questions? Just Ask
Please be patient with response times, but definitely let Best Damn Race know if you have more questions. You can post them to the Best Damn Race New Orleans Facebook page, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You from the Race Director
How Much to Register During the Blitz?
Your registration fee is based on your place in line when you checkout (not when you start your registration). Each race has prices listed based on your place in checkout.
For example, if you're one of the first 200 people to register for the 5K, you pay $20; one of the first 200 for the half marathon and it costs you just $40. When registrations reach 201, the price goes up.
Look at the charts below for the pricing schedule based on number of registrations.
How to Checkout Faster for Best Damn Race Blitz
Want to checkout as fast as possible so you get the best deal?
1. Create and log into your RunSignUp.com account BEFORE the registration blitz starts. Make sure you choose "keep me logged in" so you don't have any issues.
2. Have your credit card ready. There's nothing worse than losing your place because your credit card isn't handy.
3 Make sure you have a strong internet connection. Registration is through a third party company. Best Damn Race can't help you with technical difficulties if you lose your wifi or cell signal.
Go Get a 5K for $20, 10K for $24, Half for $40
These are the best prices for the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor! Where else you gonna get a half marathon or challenge at such a great price!
NOTE: Discount codes aren't eligible during the Blitz.
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The Fit2Run Holiday Race Challenge is back for 2020. Run 3 races, for 3 different holidays, on 3 different courses — all held at beautiful Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.
The Holiday Challenge includes:!
Timed 5K + Kids Rainbow Dash
Runners and walkers are invited to run or walk with the Lucky Leprechaun around the Lake at Nathan Benderson Park. The 5K race is chip-timed.
Commemorative prize award for top 100 male and femail finishers. Every finisher recives a medal and race shirt, plus admission into the festival, a free beer, and a free Acai Bowl from Bowled Life.
There's a Kids Rainbow Dash for the coins in age-bracketed rainbow dashes.
St. Patrick's Day Festival After the Races
Runners and walkers get festival entry with race registration. Festival-only tickets are available for spectators.
The festival includes live music, food trucks, a Beer Garden and Irish Bar, Kids Zone, and more. Bring blankets and chairs so you can relax and enjoy the live music.
Race and Festival Schedule:
4:00 PM - Race Day Registration; Packet Pick Up
5:30 PM - Festival Opens
6:00 PM - Kettle of Fish Performs
6:15 PM - Kids Rainbow Dash
6:45 PM - 5K Warm Up
7:00 PM - 5K Starts
8:15 PM - Costume Contest
8:30 PM - The Adam Duss Experience Performs
9:45 PM - Last Call; Food and Drinks
10:00 PM - Event Ends
There's an awesome Kid Zone featuring the Let’s Jump Events Inflatable area, magicians, face painting and more! All activities are included with admission.
Adult (21+) Festival Admission ($20) includes free Acai Bowl from Bowled Life and 1 free beer.
Kids (ages 4-20) ($10) includes free Acai Bowl from Bowled Life and admission into Kid Zone.
Prices increase at midnight on March 12. 5K is currently $35.
Kids Dashes start at 6:30 pm, followed by the 4-Miler at sunset. Top 100 male and female finishers receive a commemorative prize. All runners receive race shirt, finisher medal, food, and beverage.
Finish the race and stay for the fireworks over the lake! Race participants get a front row seat in the park. Bands perform on the island from 7 pm-10 pm. Fireworks start at 9pm.
All race participants get a ticket for a free drink and free food. Spectators and non-runners can buy food and beverages.
Proceeds from the race benefit The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), a not-for-profit 501c3 business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. SANCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for our region.
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2020 BDR Schedule
Feb. 1-2: Safety Harbor
Feb. 15: Savannah
Feb. 29: Orlando
Mar. 22: New Orleans
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